TOP 12 FRINGE THEATRE DRAMA EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreOriginating in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival in 1948, a number of artists who felt excluded from the main festival decided to do their shows anyway - at exactly the same time.

Fringe theatre festivals can now be found all over the world. In fact, Canada has more fringe festivals per capita than any other country in the world.

Basically uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals, fringe theatre events do not typically have a selection committee, and are open to all types of performances. The first and largest Fringe Festival in Canada is the Edmonton Fringe Festival (established in 1982). Since then fringe festivals have appeared right across the country.

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Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal
early June
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreThe Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal, now more than 22 years old, is unique in that rather than accepting the first applicants of different types and nationalities as other fringe theatre events, it holds separate lotteries to select 35% Québec artists (half English, half French), 15% Canadian talents, and 15% international performers. Through most of June, this popular event presents over 700 performances by over 500 theatre, comedy, dance, music and visual artists.

For more information about the Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal visit:
http://www.montrealfringe.ca/





Ottawa Fringe Festival
mid - late June
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreA popular event for more than 17 years, Ottawa’s largest theatre festival now attracts more than 13,500 visitors each year. Held indoors and outdoors, this ten-day event now takes place at more than 15 venues in the heart of Ottawa some of which feature nightly entertainment. The Courtyard, the licensed outdoor venue on the corner of Daly and Waller, serves as the heart of the Ottawa Fringe Festival and features nightly entertainment. One hundred percent of the ticket sales go to the performers.

For more information about the Ottawa Fringe Festival visit:
http://www.ottawafringe.com





Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival
early to mid July
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreA popular film event for a quarter of a century, the Toronto Fringe Festival features approximately 150 shows highlighting new plays and old favorites, experimental works and fresh hits presented by local, national, and international artists in more than 35 venues across Toronto. The Toronto Fringe Festival also offers a wide range of entertainment including buskers and bands, visual artists, talks and even the fun to be found in the increasingly popular beer tent.

For more information about the Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival visit:
http://fringetoronto.com/





Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
mid July
Winnipeg, Manitoba (MB)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreMore than two decades old, and the second-largest event of its kind in North America, the annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival showcases 12 days of original, live theatre productions attracting more than 85,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy over 150 indoor events along with all the ever popular acts on the outdoor stage in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District.

For more information about the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Manitoba-MB-Winnipeg-Fringe-Theatre-Festival.html
or visit the official web site a:
http://www.winnipegfringe.com/





Regina International Fringe Festival
mid July
Regina, Saskatchewan (SK)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreThe Regina International Open Theatre Society presents the increasingly popular Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival. For over a decade, the event showcases live independent fringe theatre for audiences of all ages, with artists performing from provincial, national and international touring companies. Features include the main Fringe Festival, a Kid's Fringe, fundraiser and dance party.

For more information about the Regina International Fringe Festival visit:
http://www.reginafringe.com





Hamilton Fringe Festival
late July
Hamilton, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreFounded a decade ago, the 11-day Hamilton Fringe Festival highlights over 40 companies performing more than 300 acts including musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment. Following the philosophy of fringe theatre, the Hamilton Fringe Festival offers new and emerging artists of all genres the chance to present some of their innovative theatre and particular talents to a wider audience than might usually be accessible.

For more information about the the Hamilton Fringe Festival visit:
http://www.hamiltonfringe.ca





PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival

early August
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (SK)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaAn annual fringe theatre festival held in in the Broadway district of Saskatoon, the PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival attracts more than 50,000 enthusiasts every year and is recognized as one of the most important tourist destinations in Saskatoon, offering a wide selection of inexpensive live theatre from all over the world, busking musicians and more.

For more information about the PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival in the Broadway district of Saskatoon visit:
http://www.25thstreettheatre.org





Calgary Fringe Festival

early August
Calgary, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatrePushing boundaries and showcasing the talent of a wide range of theatre artists, the Calgary Fringe Festival features 15 - 24 shows a day at several venues, encouraging an environment of artistic freedom and expression showcases uncensored and unexpected live theatre with 100% of all ticket revenue (excluding GST and ticketing surcharges) going back to the artists involved. The Calgary Fringe Festival presents over 40 unique artists every year.

For more information about the Calgary Fringe Festival visit:
http://www.calgaryfringe.ca/





Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
mid August
Edmonton, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreThe Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is eleven days of revealing theatre food, arts and crafts on-site with upwards of 400,000 performers attracting more than 93,000 patrons to enjoy the Festival's indoor shows. Edmonton’s world-renowned theatre festival is the oldest and largest in North America and the second-largest in the world.

For more information about the The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival take a look at:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/alberta-edmonton-international-fringe-theatre-festival.html
or visit:
http://www.fringetheatre.ca





Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival
late August - early September
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreMore than 30 years old and one of the oldest fringe festivals in Canada, the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival in the province’s capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island showcases more than 55 productions and 370 performances from all over the world in various venues in the downtown area. Popular events include Romp! In the Square, a free dance showcase in Victoria’s downtown Centennial Square, and FringeKids Fest that introduces children to the magic of the Fringe with live performances, music, puppets, costumes, strolling performers, and more, as well as the Pick of the Fringe Awards announced at a party on closing night.

For more information about the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival visit:
http://www.victoriafringe.com/





Atlantic Fringe Festival
late August – early September
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreGrowing and becoming increasingly popular ever since 1991, the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax takes place all over the area and begins with the Fringe Sampler Smorgasbord Showcase – an hour long show that samples every show in the festival. Further highlights include more than 50 full performances from across Canada, the USA, Australia, Africa and Europe, as well as the ever popular Fringe Comedy Night and a Fringe Carnival.

For more information about the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax visit:
http://www.atlanticfringe.ca





Vancouver Fringe Festival
early – mid September
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreFeaturing over 600 performances by more than 90 artists over an 11 day period in mid September, the Vancouver Fringe Festival offers a wide display of fringe theatre talent including six repeat performances of events that have already been a hit at the Vancouver Fringe and around Canada. Completing the Vancouver Fringe Festival is the annual Awards Night that recognizes the best of the festival, and reveals the audience votes for the Pick of the Fringe shortlists and other “hot” and highly respected shows.

For more information about the Vancouver Fringe Festival visit:
http://www.vancouverfringe.com








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